Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

August 16, 2013

Chinook harvest closes in Marine Area 10

Action: Closes harvest of hatchery chinook in Area 10, except in Sinclair Inlet and at year-round fishing piers.

Effective Date: 12:01 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, through 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton), except Sinclair Inlet, Elliott Bay Fishing Pier at Terminal 86, Seacrest Pier, Waterman Pier, Bremerton Boardwalk, and Illahee State Park Pier.

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates indicate that encounters with legal size hatchery and wild (unmarked) chinook will exceed the preseason expectations. The chinook fishery is closed to control impacts on stocks of concern and ensure compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans.

Other information: Daily limit remains at 2 salmon plus 2 additional pink. Release chinook and chum. Shilshole Bay remains closed. Elliott Bay remains closed, except for the specified Elliott Bay Fishery. Anglers should consult the Fishing in Washington, Sports Fishing Rules pamphlet for specific regulations for Sinclair Inlet, Elliott Bay Fishery, and year-round fishing piers.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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